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Whatever / Butterflies
« on: May 17, 2023, 01:42:40 PM »
Thought a few forumites would find this of interest:
The Origin of Butterflies: A 100 Million-Year-Old Mystery Unraveled

Words / chignon is common?
« on: January 10, 2023, 05:10:40 AM »
The five least-played 'common' words in the anchoring game were
155 conga
145 nacho
114 rhino
 82 chagrin
 47 chignon

ISTM that should be sufficient evidence for reclassification. (I had to look up the word.)

Words / word suggestion: smartful
« on: September 08, 2022, 04:00:20 PM »
This is the Wiktionary entry
The Ngram Viewer shows sporadic usage.
I've attached a screenshot from its OED entry since that dictionary requires a subscription.

Words / emptily common?
« on: June 25, 2022, 02:38:52 AM »
Is emptily really a common word? It strikes me as an awkward construction.

Words / foreswear?
« on: June 25, 2022, 02:37:00 AM »
In a recent 7-by-many puzzle, 'foreswear' was accepted as a word with all the letters — but even the OED doesn't list this as a word. The closest it lists is forswear.

The Daily Quest / (Retitled) Early puzzle starts
« on: June 22, 2022, 10:30:05 AM »
I have an idea how (but I'll not share), but when Ppilot has 29 common words just seconds after the game has begun, it sure looks like getting a 'head start' (i.e. cheating).

Words / licenced inconsistency
« on: June 22, 2022, 05:26:45 AM »
In non-American English, where licence is the noun and license is the verb, licensed would be correct. But American English, which uses licence for both noun and verb, licenced is the correct verb form. In the recent 7-by-many puzzle, licence, license, and licensed were common whilst licenced was rare. I think they should all be the same.

Words / word suggestion: solea
« on: June 12, 2022, 04:18:24 AM »

Traditionally, there are three steps from the nave up to the solea, with the iconostasis separating the solea from the altar, the altar being at the same height as the solea. The OED listing is in the pic. Oddly, the Wikipedia entry uses soleas even though it begins by saying the Greek form is σολέα [solea] and lists σολέας [soleas] as 'other form' — and, in the final paragraph, uses soleas the first time but then uses solea the remaining four times.

I've never encountered soleas in normal usage. A Google search for 'orthodox solea' returns 'about 361,000 results' whereas 'orthodox soleas' only returns 'about 91,300 results'.

Words / tritium common?
« on: May 05, 2022, 07:32:01 AM »
As usual, the word being questioned, tritium is in the OED's Frequency Band 4. It strikes me as a very technical (chemistry) word.

The Daily Quest / Challenge Puzzle for Monday 25 April 2022
« on: April 25, 2022, 03:44:33 AM »
A one-hander!

(on a keyboard, all letters are under the left hand)

Words / word suggestion: yeow
« on: March 16, 2022, 03:43:50 AM »
yeow, int.
a. An imitation of the howl of a wolf or cat
b. An exclamation of shock or pain.

Words / Saturday 26 February 10 Letters LOCOMOTIVE puzzle
« on: February 28, 2022, 03:14:39 PM »
In the spirit of RTT, I'd like to suggest

MOOLET - another name for a small cow (calf)

Unlike RTT, I'm just kidding and don't expect this suggestion to be taken seriously!
(although ... )

Whatever / Australian magpies
« on: February 24, 2022, 09:02:53 AM »
It appears that they're not only dangerous when defending their territory, but they're very clever:  Altruism in birds? Magpies have outwitted scientists by helping each other remove tracking devices.

Words / word suggestion: manicule
« on: February 17, 2022, 12:10:50 PM »

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